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August 25, 2006
Three named among best attorneys in nation Three attorneys with Snell & Wilmer, LLP, all of whom live in Laguna Beach, have been named to "The Best Lawyers in America 2007." Frank Cronin, a labor and employment lawyer; Robert "Hoot" Gibson, a commercial litigator; and William O'Hare, a commercial and business litigator, were among 60 attorneys in the firm's six offices named to the list. "Best Lawyers" is a comprehensive listing of the best attorneys in their practice areas, as determined by their peers.
By Cherril Doty | November 23, 2011
"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. " —Melody Beattie * There is a lull in the patter of rain on the roof. A mournful hoot sounds from the owl residing in a nearby tree. On this wintry-feeling night I am tucked away out of the elements and even enjoying them when I am suddenly reminded of all those who have a very different perspective. My good fortune assails me. I am filled with gratitude, and yet … As I spent this Sunday of inclement weather cleaning and clearing, my thoughts occasionally turned to writing this column.
July 15, 2005
TOM TITUS Over 20 years ago, the creators of "Forbidden Broadway" hatched the idea of satirizing the musical theater, its shows and its stars by changing the lyrics of existing songs. Now the process has been elevated to a new, more sophisticated level. "The Musical of Musicals -- The Musical," now occupying the Laguna Playhouse for a summer-long engagement, takes aim at the genre rather than the specific show, and -- more significantly -- employs brand-new words and music, borrowing only the style from a handful of well-known musical theater giants.
March 24, 2011
Resident inducted into trial lawyers fellowship Laguna resident Robert "Hoot" J. Gibson, a partner in Snell & Wilmer's Orange County office, has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, according to a news release. Gibson was inducted as a fellow before an audience of 700 attendees at the college's 2011 spring meeting in San Antonio. Fellowship is extended by invitation only to trial lawyers who have a minimum of 15 years of trial experience, have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality, according to the release.
By Ashley Breeding | October 2, 2008
Laguna singer and songwriter Beth Fitchet Wood began performing for an audience on “Hoot Night” at venues like The Ash Grove, Golden Bear and Los Angeles’ Troubadour in the late ’60s — home of Bob Dylan’s folk-rock jam sessions and Buffalo Springfield’s live debut. Still eager to play in front of a crowd and to help other artists do the same, Wood established “Singer/Songwriter’s Night” at the Marine Room in Laguna Beach in 2005.
By PHILLIP HAIN | June 9, 2006
Having gone through the ritual of planning my own son's Bar Mitzvah last year, I was curious to see the cinematic treatment this tradition received in "Keeping Up With The Steins" (rated PG-13). Suffice it to say, my experience was infinitely more pleasurable than this sporadically amusing but ultimately disappointing film. Benjamin Fiedler (Daryl Sabara) is blessed and cursed to have his dad, Adam (Jeremy Piven), be a successful Hollywood talent agent. This means a very comfortable lifestyle and all the related excesses and competitiveness that accompany it. Because Adam's rival agent, Arnie Stein (Larry Miller)
By SUZIE HARRISON | October 21, 2005
It was definitely playtime last weekend, and I don't mean a romp to the local bars -- rather, I refer to the pleasure of experiencing "The Sound of Music" Friday and "Bad Dates" Sunday. Creativity and talent were alive and flourishing at No Square Theatre's "Sound of Music" production. Every detail was interwoven to create a memorable experience. The cast and their superb singing and acting, the gorgeous set design and the hilarious antics of mother Margaretta, played by Linda Haylett, all deserve "snaps" (snaps can be likened to kudos -- reference "Legally Blonde" or ask someone who was in a sorority.
January 9, 2004
The 38th annual Laguna Beach Patriot's Day Parade will march through Downtown beginning at Laguna Beach High School at 11 a.m. March 6. The theme is "Freedom Not Free." The deadline for program ads is Jan. 16, and for parade entries Jan. 23. For information about advertising, call Richard at (949) 376-6340, and for entries, call Sandi at (949) 494-6016 or go to Art Escapes workshops The Art Escapes workshop series will continue at 2 p.m. Jan. 9 with a foiling workshop with Laguna Outreach Community Arts resource artist Cheryl Stone.
By Chris Williams | May 15, 2009
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a continuation of last week’s column, “Talking Story with Jimmy Hall.”   As a boy, Laguna Beach original Jimmy Hall grew up surfing here in town back in the late ’60s and ’70s. “It was the place to be all summer, right inside the barrel,” Jimmy said excitedly as he recounted with passion his early surfing exploits. “On the right swell, you could drive a Mack truck through those gaping blue barrels up at Crescent Bay, and thank God the bottom was sand, which incidentally we found in every nook and fanny cranny for days after each surf session.
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